These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In California For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of California offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in California? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best California farmers markets:

  1. Santa Rosa Community Farmers Market At The Veterans Building, Santa Rosa, CA
  2. Sunday Civic Center Farmers Market, San Rafael, CA
  3. Grand Lake-Oakland Farmers Market, Oakland, CA
  4. Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Berkeley, CA
  5. Davis Farmers Market, Davis, CA
  6. Thursday Civic Center Farmers Market, San Rafael, CA
  7. Atwater Village Farmers’ Market, Los Angeles, CA
  8. Hillcrest Farmers Market And Open Air Bazaar, San Diego, CA
  9. San Diego Little Italy Mercato, San Diego, CA
  10. Irvine Certified Farmers’ Market, Irvine, CA

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in California or the cheapest place to live in California.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in California?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in California, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Golden State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of California, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Santa Rosa Community Farmers Market At The Veterans Building

Santa Rosa Community Farmers Market At The Veterans Building -- Santa Rosa, CA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 91.4
City: Santa Rosa, CA
Address: 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Times: Wed: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Sat: 8:30 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Sunday Civic Center Farmers Market

Sunday Civic Center Farmers Market -- San Rafael, CA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 91.4
City: San Rafael, CA
Address: 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael, CA 94903
Times: Sun: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Grand Lake-Oakland Farmers Market

Grand Lake-Oakland Farmers Market -- Oakland, CA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Oakland, CA
Address: Splash Pad Park, Oakland, CA None
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market

Downtown Berkeley Farmers' Market -- Berkeley, CA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Berkeley, CA
Address: Center Street & Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Times: Sat: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Davis Farmers Market

Davis Farmers Market -- Davis, CA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Davis, CA
Address: C and 3rd Street, Davis, CA 95617
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Thursday Civic Center Farmers Market

Thursday Civic Center Farmers Market -- San Rafael, CA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: San Rafael, CA
Address: Marin Center, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903
Times: Thu: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Atwater Village Farmers’ Market

Atwater Village Farmers' Market -- Los Angeles, CA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 82.9
City: Los Angeles, CA
Address: 3250 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Times: Sun: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. Hillcrest Farmers Market And Open Air Bazaar

Hillcrest Farmers Market And Open Air Bazaar -- San Diego, CA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 82.9
City: San Diego, CA
Address: 3960 Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103
Times: Sun: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

9. San Diego Little Italy Mercato

San Diego Little Italy Mercato -- San Diego, CA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 82.9
City: San Diego, CA
Address: 519 W. Cedar Street at India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

10. Irvine Certified Farmers’ Market

Irvine Certified Farmers' Market -- Irvine, CA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 82.9
City: Irvine, CA
Address: Bonita Canyon and Turtle Ridge Road, Irvine, CA 92603
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In California

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Golden State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In California

Name City Rank Score
Santa Rosa Community Farmers Market At The Veterans Building Santa Rosa 1 91.4
Sunday Civic Center Farmers Market San Rafael 2 91.4
Grand Lake-Oakland Farmers Market Oakland 3 85.7
Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market Berkeley 4 85.7
Davis Farmers Market Davis 5 85.7
Thursday Civic Center Farmers Market San Rafael 6 85.7
Atwater Village Farmers’ Market Los Angeles 7 82.9
Hillcrest Farmers Market And Open Air Bazaar San Diego 8 82.9
San Diego Little Italy Mercato San Diego 9 82.9
Irvine Certified Farmers’ Market Irvine 10 82.9
College Of San Mateo Certified Farmers’ Market San Mateo 11 82.9
Vista Farmers Market Vista 12 82.9
Coastside Farmers’ Market – Half Moon Bay Half Moon Bay 13 82.9
Modesto Certified Farmers’ Market Modesto 14 80.0
Santa Monica Farmers Market – Sunday Main Street Santa Monica 15 80.0
Petaluma Farmers Market Petaluma 16 80.0
The Petaluma East Side Farmers’ Market Petaluma 17 80.0
Old Poway Farmers Market Poway 18 80.0
Saratoga Certified Farmers’ Market Saratoga 19 80.0
Stonestown Farmers Market San Francisco 20 77.1
Long Beach Southeast Cfm Long Beach 21 77.1
Jack London Square Farmers Market Oakland 22 77.1
Galleria @ Tyler Riverside Farmers Market Riverside 23 77.1
High Desert Farmer Market Victorville 24 77.1
Old Town Temecula Cfm Temecula 25 77.1
Sunrise Mall Farmers Market Citrus Heights 26 77.1
Lakewood Center Farmers’ Market Lakewood 27 77.1
Napa Downtown Farmers Market Napa 28 77.1
Mountain View Certified Farmers’ Market Mountain View 29 77.1
Diablo Valley Certified Farmers’ Market Walnut Creek 30 77.1
Downtown Novato Community Farmers Market Novato 31 77.1
Coastside Farmers’ Market – Rockaway Beach, Pacifica Pacifica 32 77.1
Windsor Certified Farmers Market Windsor 33 77.1
Placerville Farmers Market Placerville 34 77.1
North Park Thursday Certified Farmers’ Market San Diego 35 74.3
Pacific Beach Tuesday Certified Farmers’ Market San Diego 36 74.3
Blossom Hill Certified Farmers’ Market San Jose 37 74.3
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market San Francisco 38 74.3
Fort Mason Center Certified Farmers’ Market San Francisco 39 74.3
Heart Of The City Farmers’ Market San Francisco 40 74.3
Visalia Farmers Market- Sears Saturday Market Visalia 41 74.3
South Berkeley Farmers’ Market Berkeley 42 74.3
Santa Monica Farmers Market – Saturday Downtown Santa Monica 43 74.3
Santa Monica Pico Santa Monica 44 74.3
Altadena Farmers’ Market Altadena 45 74.3
Morgan Hill Certified Farmers Market Morgan Hill 46 74.3
Los Altos Certified Farmers Market Los Altos 47 74.3
Live Oak Farmers Market Live Oak 48 74.3
Echo Park Farmers’ Market Los Angeles 49 71.4
Clairemont Certified Farmers Market At Madison High School San Diego 50 71.4
Willow Glen Farmers’ Market San Jose 51 71.4
Clement St. Farmers Market San Francisco 52 71.4
Oceanside Certified Farmer’s Market Oceanside 53 71.4
Burbank Certified Farmers’ Market Burbank 54 71.4
Shasta Growers Association Certified Farmers Markets/saturday Redding Market Redding 55 71.4
Walnut Creek Certified Farmers’ Market Walnut Creek 56 71.4
Camarillo Hospice Certified Farmers Market Camarillo 57 71.4
Whittier Host Lions Certified Farmers Market South Whittier 58 71.4
Thursday Marin Farmers Market San Rafael 59 71.4
Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market Palm Springs 60 71.4
Newark Farmers Market Newark 61 71.4
Beverly Hills Farmers Market Beverly Hills 62 71.4
South Lake Tahoe Tuesday Farmers Market South Lake Tahoe 63 71.4
Arcata Plaza Farmers’ Market Arcata 64 71.4
Moraga Certified Farmers Market Moraga 65 71.4
Ukiah Saturday Cfm Ukiah 66 71.4
Sol Community Farmers’ Market Placerville 67 71.4
Silver Lake Cfm Los Angeles 68 68.6
Old Oakland Farmers’ Market Oakland 69 68.6
Temescal Farmers’ Market Oakland 70 68.6
Valley Farmers’ Market Association Llc Bakersfield 71 68.6
Sunnyvale Farmers’ Market Sunnyvale 72 68.6
North Berkeley Farmers’ Market Berkeley 73 68.6
Costa Mesa Certified Farmers’ Market Costa Mesa 74 68.6
Murrieta Certified Farmers’ Market Murrieta 75 68.6
Daly City Certified Farmers’ Market At Serramonte Center Daly City 76 68.6
San Leandro Certified Farmers’ Market At Bayfair Center San Leandro 77 68.6
Palm Desert Certified Farmers Market Palm Desert 78 68.6
Danville Farmers’ Market Danville 79 68.6
Town Center Sunday Farmers’ Market El Dorado Hills 80 68.6
Hollister Certified Farmers’ Market Hollister 81 68.6
Laguna Hills Certified Farmers’ Market Laguna Hills 82 68.6
South Pasadena Farmers Market South Pasadena 83 68.6
Nevada Ccounty Certified Growers Market – Grass Valley – North Star House Grass Valley 84 68.6
Cambrian Park Farmers’ Makret San Jose 85 65.7
Riverside Certified Farmers Market Riverside 86 65.7
Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market Santa Rosa 87 65.7
California Avenue Farmers’ Market Palo Alto 88 65.7
Castro Valley Farmers’ Market Castro Valley 89 65.7
Petaluma Wednesday Evening Farmers’ Market Petaluma 90 65.7
Santee Certified Farmer’s Market Santee 91 65.7
Campbell Farmers’ Market Campbell 92 65.7
Old Town La Quinta Certified Farmers Market La Quinta 93 65.7
Solana Beach Farmers Market Solana Beach 94 65.7
Healdsburg Certified Farmers’ Market Healdsburg 95 65.7
Hollywood Farmers’ Market Los Angeles 96 62.9
Golden Hill Certified Farmers Market San Diego 97 62.9
Ocean Beach Certified Farmers Market San Diego 98 62.9
Castro Certified Farmers’ Market San Francisco 99 62.9
Santa Clarita Certified Farmers’ Market Santa Clarita 100 62.9

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